Since we are getting to know one another in the spirit of being honest I need to share something with you. The truth is although I am a holistic wellness practitioner, I am also human and have been known to crave a yummy treat here and there. I do not discriminate between sweet, salty, sour, or spicy and sometimes what I am craving may, or may not be healthy. A state of perpetual balance is the key to my ultimate wellness, so I acknowledge the truths within my diet, knowing the occasional chip will not be the end of me. Accepting that I have control over how and when I splurge is one of the ways I continually steer myself in a more positive diet direction. My inner wellness voice suggests a rice cake to the 13-year-old within who devoutly believes potato chips are the perfect snack. On most days, a simple go to substitution does the trick, but when for weeks I have eaten a certain treat via the tastebuds in my mind, I find the best thing to do is to moderately embrace the craving. If I avoid a food craving for too long, I can fall into a trap of wallowing in substitutions that do not do the trick. Overeat healthy choices to no avail is clearly not a balanced solution, instead I continually turn up the volume on the positive voice inside my head and do my best and use these tips when temptation takes hold of my tastebuds:
1. Not all packaged foods are equally sourced. My potato chip craving provides a perfect example. I could purchase a bag with 3 expected ingredients (potatoes, salt, and oil) or select one with 25 ingredients. Taking the time to scan product labels is worth the investment.
2. Start with a simple temptation rule of thumb. I must be able to pronounce and recognize each ingredient listed on the label and this is not a challenge to expand my vocabulary. If you find yourself unable to pronounce an ingredient or if you do not know what the ingredient is, put it back on the shelf and try a different brand.
3. Avoid what does not serve you, even during temptation. For many of us a simple chip with three ingredients may be just fine as an occasional snack. On the other hand, a chip with multiple artificial flavors and ingredients may cause unwanted inflammation and sensitives that compound and eventually lead to illness and disease. Know your body and always avoid food sensitivities.
4. Common ingredients to stay away from include gums (guar gum and xanthan gum), refined sugars (high-fructose corn syrup and sucralose), carrageenan, “natural” flavors, and artificial colors.
5. Refined sugars are hidden everywhere. Here is a list of the most common names of hidden sugars so you know what to look out for: barley malt, beet sugar, brown sugar, buttered syrup, cane juice crystals, cane juice solids, cane juice, caramel syrup, carob syrup, concentrated fruit juice, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, date sugar, dehydrated cane juice, dehydrated fruit juice, dextran, dextrin, dextrose, diatase, diatastic malt, disaccharides, ethyl maltol, fructose, fruit juice crystals, fruit puree, galactose, glucose, glucose-fructose, glucose solids, golden syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, lactose,malt,malt extract.
In a perfect world, our diets would consist only of nutrient-dense whole foods. Packaged food processed in a factory would cease to exist, but we reside in the real world where temptations are abundant, and time is always a constraint. So, keep joining me here at Perpetually Holistic and together we will strive for honesty and balance amongst our imperfections. The singular goal is simply to remind each other that we were designed to feel great. Fare Thee Well,